This is my first post here. I'm pasting something I posted on Amazon a couple of days ago (as a comment on the first review that shows on the product page); I thought I'd put it here, too, for what it might be worth to anyone who, like me, is using this thread to keep tabs on the situation w/this set. Again, for what it's worth, this is/was my experience:
[Following a comment by another customer who intended to take the plunge w/a third-party-sold first-generation set & replacement discs]:
"I, too, decided to roll the dice w/one of the first-generation sets when the price thru deepdiscountdvd got down to $108. I'll be returning the set.
My set Definitely has authoring defects beyond those on the 2 discs containing the episodes that have been everywhere been described as being the only ones affected ("Three Cheers" & "Landscape"; the other three episodes covered by the replacement discs - "Bloodline"/"Taps"/"Iron Maiden" - have non-authoring issues, and those problems are of course present on my set, too - the hotel room scene in "Taps" is unreal; like a badly-dubbed '70s kung fu movie!).
Anyway, in at least "End of the Line", "In a Plain Paper Wrapper", and a third episode that falls between those two, but whose title I didn't make note of and now can't remember, there are playback issues. I planned to scan thru the entire set, but gave up after "Plain Paper Wrapper", having decided to return it; still more episodes may be affected.
At first, I thought/hoped that what I was hearing/seeing was the result of disc layer breaks simply awkwardly/uniquely placed (if they're there at all, they usually fall between episodes, not in the middle of them). In "End of the Line", for example, between the end of act 3 and the beginning of act 4, the disc paused in its scan and could be heard rallying in the familiar way when a disc is transitioning from one layer to the next. Okay, I thought; the layer break is simply There, rather than between this episode's end and the beginning of the next. But no; I went back and tested it under normal playback conditions, and when at a few seconds into act 4, I "rewound" on reverse fast view, so as to start near the end of act 3 and watch and listen, the disc and player freaked, unable to comply with the remote's command to scan backwards. After about 5 seconds, something gave and it reversed - but I was taken, not back into the end of act 3, but to its beginning. And I was taken there, not by fast view scanning, but by a clean jump. Oh, no; don't say it.
As I said, it happened again with another episode after that - as I recall, the problem was seen/heard in roughly the middle of that episode - but I ignored it and kept scanning thru: my heart was breaking and I was hoping that if I ignored it, it would all just go away. But later, when I was nearly done scanning thru "Plain Paper Wrapper", a similar thing happened, for now a 3rd time, and in each case on episodes I'd not seen referenced as being affected by problems, and I couldn't ignore it; I tested this one, too.
This time, the problem occurred between the end of the episode's epilog and the beginning of its end credits. I'd noticed the long pause/freeze at that point, the disc temporarily unable to continue scanning, then, in this case, abruptly jumping to nearly the end of the credits. On again positioning the disc at a few seconds into the credits, I "rewound" and watched/listened to what would happen during normal playback of the epilog's ending the credits' beginning. I did this 3 times and had the exact result in each case: At the epilog's fade-out, the disc paused, spun wildly, then began to play the credits but with a moment of audio drop-out - the same amount of audio (no more than half a second or so) dropped in the same place in each of the three playbacks. I then went to each of my other two players and these results were duplicated exactly. Crying emoticon here.
And of course the playing sides of these discs are all pristine/creamy/beautiful (great packaging on this, by the way). So for me, it's over. I never even got to order the replacement discs; I held off on ordering them because I somehow knew that there might be other problems present on the set, hence the scanning thru of each disc in order to get the full lay of the land before the return window closed. I'll be returning and not replacing this; I'll wait til the corrected sets are provided to and sold by Amazon's own retail service. That may turn out to be a laugh in its own right, but it now seems like the best/only option. So the saga continues and damn; I can't yet get rid of my Fugitive video tapes."
I'd welcome any info or thoughts.